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Strong Europe Tank Challenge in Germany

NATO and partner nations competed with tanks in Germany. The Strong Europe Tank Challenge is an annual training event designed to give participating nations a dynamic, productive and fun environment in which to foster military partnerships, form Soldier-level relationships, and share tactics, techniques and procedures. The third annual competition is scheduled for June 2018 and includes two newcomers:...

Museum on The Demarcation Line in Rokycany, Czech Republic

The museum is located in the grounds of the former rocket regiment in Rokycany. It is focused on vehicles and combat equipment, outfit and armament of the Czechoslovakian army till 1938, the Anti-Hitler coalition and the German armed forces of the last days of the 2nd world war on the Demarcation line added by the outfit and armament of the Czechoslovakian people’s army. Opening Hours: Museum is...

Duga known as the Russian Woodpecker – Military Radar Station in Chernobyls Irradiated Forest

It looks like something out of a science fiction movie, inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone. A former top secret military object used by the Soviet Union, the mysterious giant antenna system called the Duga-3, was the origin of an extremely powerful but anonymous signal between 1976 to 1989. The sharp, tapping signal came without warning, disrupting broadcasts and communications worldwide. Transmission...

Glory Hole of Berryessa Lake

Lake Berryessa is the largest lake in Napa County, California. This reservoir in the Vaca Mountains is formed by the Monticello Dam, which provides water and hydroelectricity to the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The reservoir was named for the first European settlers in the Berryessa Valley. Huge drain hole at Lake Berryessa Monticello dam is known as “The Glory Hole”,this...

Abandoned Buck Hill Inn

The Buck Hill Inn was built in 1901 and once was listed as one of the top ten convention centers in the U.S. The thousand-acre retreat featured amenities such as an amphitheater, a 27-hole golf course, horseback riding, an indoor pool, swimming, and tennis. For decades the resort thrived, and would expand until eventually becoming a 400-room, 300,000 square-foot facility. The end of the Buck Hill Inn...

Bundeswehr Military History Museum

The Bundeswehr Military History Museum in Dresden is one of Europe\’s most important history museums. The redesigned Dresden Museum of Military History is now the official central museum of the German Armed Forces. It will house an exhibition area of roughly 21,000 square feet, making it Germany’s largest museum. It is located in a former military arsenal in the Albertstadt neighborhood of...

War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The War Remnants Museum is known as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes, focusing on exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War. It is located at 28 Vo Van Tan St, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. The museum was opened in September 1975 and operated by the government. It draws 500,000 visitors annually. Museum curators make concerted efforts to educate foreigners, especially...

The U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition in Europe

The U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior Competition is a weeklong event that tests Soldiers’ physical stamina, leadership, technical knowledge and skill. In this year’s competition, the competitors will move in a three-person team composed of a Soldier, NCO and officer. The teams will compete and test together, with their cooperation affecting the individual scores of team members. credit:...

Weird Mütter Museum

The Mütter Museum was founded in 1858, when Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter donated a collection of medical anomalies, anatomical and pathological specimens, and bizarre medical instruments to the museum. Its original purpose was to continue medical education and research in the heart of Philadelphia, located inside the headquarters of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Inside the Museum, you’ll...

Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia

Eastern State Penitentiary was the largest building in America when it opened in 1829. Its grounds still cover a dozen acres; its 30-foot-high walls extend for nearly a mile. It was America’s first penitentiary. Designed to inspire penitence in the heart of convicts, Some of America’s most notorious criminals were held in Eastern’s cells. When gangster Al Capone found himself in front of...

The Abandoned Castle Miranda, Belgium

Castle Miranda has stood in Celles since 1866, Belgium, but has long been abandoned to decay and rot. When the French Revolution heated up, the politically active Liedekerke-Beaufort family were forced to abandon their castle in the Walloon region of southern Belgium. The castle is also known as Chateau Noisy after the children’s home it was turned into – following the Second World War – by the...

Daily Reality in Eastern Ukraine

The human cost 5,665 people killed and 13,961 wounded in eastern Ukraine 5.2 million people estimated to be living in conflict areas 978,482 internally displaced people within Ukraine, including 119,832 children 600,000 fled to neighbouring countries, of whom more than 400,000 have gone to Russia Photo Credit: EU/ECHO, Eastern Ukraine, Mathias Eick, March 2015 credit:  EU Humanitarian...

Memorial and Museum – Concentration Camp Sachsenhausen

More than 200,000 people were imprisoned here by the Nazis and some 50,000 were brutally murdered. Sachsenhausen was initially used to imprison political opponents. Later, the camp became a training ground for the SS and the site of the headquarters of the whole concentration camp system. After the Nazis were defeated, the Soviets used Sachsenhausen as a camp for their own political enemies. The Soviet...

The Draa Valley in Sahara Desert, Morocco

Located in the deep south of Morocco, the Draa Valley stretches from the city of Ouarzazate into the Sahara Desert. The Draa River Valley is over 100 kilometres in length. The Draa Valley is a stunning oasis home to Berber villages, sumptuous Kasbahs, streaming sand dunes, lush green plains, snow-capped Atlas Mountains, endless stretches of palm trees and the Draa, Morocco’s largest river. It was...

Whale Drive at Faroe Islands

267 pilot whales are driven up on the beach near Fuglefjord. The whales, that local residents see as a gift from God, are afterwards distributed free to citizens on the island Whaling in the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic has been practiced since about the time of the first Norse settlements on the islands. The techniques used are intensely stressful and cruel. Entire family groups are rounded...